Be Careful when Changing your Address - SCAM ALERT

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

 

I had a buyer call stating she was a victim of a scam and that I should help get the word out so many more are not affected when changing a home address. 

 

Change of address

She likes to do most things on on-line versus standing in line, so she went onto USPS's site to fill out a change of address form.   She was shocked the price went up so much for changing her address, but went ahead and filled out the on-line form as well as her credit card information.   She got a confirmation number.

 

Having to mail something yesterday, she asked the clerk why the huge increase in changing her address, and they stated there is another web site that LOOKS like theirs, that charges $39.95 (versus the $1 the post office charges) and they forward this information to the Post Office.    This will absolutely get the change of address done, but this middle person is collecting LOTS of dollars from their victims!      My buyer was going to dispute the charges, but what happens with her mail then?     There is no phone number on this web site, and the email listed on this site is bogus.    You get sucked in.....

 

So, bottom line --- BE SURE you are on the Official United State Postal Service site before you enter a credit card, and the fee is JUST $1, not $39.95!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I did check with her to see if any other charges had been posted, but there was not.    

Apr 11, 2018 06:48 AM #95
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson I used to, but clients were doing it on-line, so no need to carry those around anymore.

Apr 11, 2018 06:49 AM #96
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Bruce, they are performing a service that does change their address, so they have not been put out of business.

Apr 11, 2018 06:50 AM #97
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Ron, vultures is right!

Apr 11, 2018 06:50 AM #98
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Dana Cottingame they come from every corner.  We have others sending notices to new homeowners asking if they would like a copy of their deed, and charging $83.   They get them FREE at closing from the title company!  

Apr 11, 2018 06:52 AM #99
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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John, it is so true, we all have to be so careful! 

Apr 11, 2018 06:52 AM #100
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Georgie, anything to make a buck from someone else under the table.

Apr 11, 2018 06:53 AM #101
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Mary, nice to be able to share here, and hopefully save someone from this scam.

Apr 11, 2018 06:53 AM #102
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Jan, and hopefully save one or more from this scam! 

Apr 11, 2018 06:54 AM #103
Rainmaker
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Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP
525 Realty Group - Edmond, OK
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Thank you for the heads up Joan Cox.   I was curious as to what sites appeared when I searched for "change of address."  There was one site "mychangeaddress" which stated they charge the $39.95 but a majority of the top searches appeared to be for the official usps and charges $1
Thank you again for the information!

Apr 11, 2018 09:11 AM #104
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Joan,

Sounds akin to the $95 for a copy of your deed or some such foolishness.

Apr 11, 2018 08:44 PM #105
Rainer
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Ouch, hope that's the worst of it Joan Cox 

Apr 12, 2018 01:33 PM #106
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Alesha, hopefully this will save some clients some dollars!  

Apr 15, 2018 07:06 AM #107
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Dorte, same thing - you do get the service, but at a much higher price.

Apr 15, 2018 07:07 AM #108
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Jim, it is always something, isn't it?

Apr 15, 2018 07:07 AM #109
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Dana, we always have to be so vigilant with the current scams! 

Apr 15, 2018 07:08 AM #110
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Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

What is the process they use to change your address? Do they just forward the change form to the USPS or do they do something else? 

Isn't messing with the mail a federal offense? Might this provide an opportunity to grab some financial mail from your inbox? 

Apr 24, 2018 05:08 PM #111
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Thomas, they are providing a service, just charging LOTS more, so probably the reason they have not been shut down.

Apr 24, 2018 05:37 PM #112
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

This is some great information here, Joan Cox. I did search for things because I like to know what to look out for, but could not find anything. I did read a few articles about it, which they obviously omitted the sites from their articles. I had to read Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP's response to even find one I could view. Thanks for the heads up and the information.

May 02, 2018 08:19 PM #113
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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J.R., it is always wise to know what scams are out there!  

May 03, 2018 07:46 AM #114
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